General Orders


Federal and state COVID-related health emergency ended on May 11, 2023.

Last-reviewed: 12pm, May 22, 2023

The Basics

  • The Federal Health Emergency ended on May 11, 2023.
  • RI’s state of emergency extension order here, extending health-related emergency through May 11, 2023. The Rhode Island Department of Health has this information about the winding down of the COVID health emergency.
  • COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for eligible people. More information about vaccines here and boosters here.

Health and Medical

  • COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, are available to all Rhode Islanders over the age of 6 months. Full vaccine information here.
  • Testing and vaccinations are available at clinics and local pharmacies. People with health insurance can get 8 rapid COVID tests through their pharmacy to use at home each month. Information about testing here and vaccination here.
  • Track COVID community levels here, community transmission levels here (used to determine infection control measures at healthcare facilities) here; influenza here; and RSV here.
  • MPox (formerly Monkeypox) vaccines are available for those at risk of MPox. Vaccine information here.
    • CDC Map and Case count here.

The Bottom Line

  • Care teams can prepare patients/clients for the end of the COVID healthcare emergency by reminding patients to update their address with Medicaid so that they are sure to receive all relevant notices.